We get a lot of questions about where to eat in Disneyland and DCA. In this post i’ll list some of our favorite restaurants and places to grab a snack.
Disneyland - Quick Service:
French Market - Great variety of cajun food at reasonable prices. Jambalaya, red beans & rice and chicken cesar salad are recommended.
Harbour Galley - Disneyland’s famous bread bowls are at multiple places but Galley will probably be the shortest line. This is the only bread bowl location with the delicious lobster bisque.
Plaza Inn - Home of the very popular fried chicken dish. Other entrees are okay, but expensive for quick service.
Jolly Holiday Bakery - Jolly Holiday has a good selection of soups, sandwiches and pastries. Nothing here is outstanding but it’s convenient location and variety is a big plus. Has a great vegetarian sandwich. Also the Matterhorn Macaroon is a perfect photo op and yummy dessert.
Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs - This cart is located near Plaza Inn, just off of the hub, and is home to Disneyland’s famous corn dogs. These things are popular so lines can get very long, especially on busy days.
Disneyland - Table Service:
Carnation Cafe - Solid menu and ok prices for a table service. They have a great meatloaf entree.
Cafe Orleans - Cafe Orleans has a menu filled with delicious items and is located in beautiful New Orleans Square. You can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu.
(Reservations are recommended)
Blue Bayou - I’m not a big fan of the menu at Blue Bayou but the location and theme can’t be beat. It’s expensive but any Disneyland fan should experience it at least once.
(Reservations are recommended)
Disneyland - Restaurants To Avoid:
Anything in Toontown
Rancho Del Zocallo - Bland, tasteless Mexican food. One of my least favorite quick service restaurants.
DCA - Quick Service:
Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta - All of the pasta and salads available at Boardwalk are delicious. Its ample seating and large variety make this a perfect place for families and large groups. However, the pizza is not great.
The Lucky Fortune Cookery - This is my pick for most underrated quick service restaurant. The menu is made up of rice bowls and the ingredients are always fresh. It’s cheap, quick and filling. Try it!
DCA - Table Service:
Carthay Circle Restaurant - Carthay is expensive but some of the entrees incredible. The restaurant is themed after early Hollywood and has dozens of pictures of Walt Disney on its walls. Carthay’s menu changes seasonally.
Recommended Restaurants in Downtown Disney and Disney-owned Hotels:
Napa Rose - Located in Grand Californian Hotel, Napa Rose is a must try. The menu changes seasonally and is always getting new items to enjoy.
White Water Snacks - This quick service restaurant is located in Grand Californian Hotel. They have fantastic and affordable breakfast entrees.
Trader Sam’s - Located in Disneyland Hotel. Sam’s is extremely popular due to its huge selection of specialty drinks and its highly themed interior. It’s a must see for fans of Adventureland or tiki things.